To Read or Not to Read?

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like… by Kyle Cassidy

As a librarian and book lover myself I was interested in a book which says it’s a “celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information” but honestly this wasn’t exactly a fun read through. With a title like “This Is What a Librarian Looks Like” I expected more diversity in the photographs. Sure there are men and women of various skin colors and with unique shirts, hair, and jewelry but all of the pictures are just more or less your basic school photo type picture. I think it would have been more interesting if the photographer had went to libraries and caught pictures of librarians in the act as opposed to just catching them at a conference and having them pose. That way people could have really seen the diversity in the jobs instead of hearing about it.

Another gripe, all of the statements from people and even little introspective pieces by authors were so similar. Perhaps we should have had everyone give more personal information instead of reading over and over again that libraries offer safe spaces, information, and services that towns/people might not otherwise get. How about you give us exact details on what you/your library offers? That’s why some of the essays were far more interesting because they got into the unique details of different libraries.

All in all it’s nice to see so many people loving and promoting libraries but I’m not sure it works in this format.


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